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Helen Bamber Foundation - Chair

Board of Trustees
Bruges Place, 15-20 Baynes Street, London, NW1 0TF
Closing date
paid expenses

At the age of 80, in 2005, in response to changing patterns of global violence and an increasingly hostile political landscape, our founder Helen Bamber co-founded the Helen Bamber Foundation (HBF). Thus, the journey of the Foundation began, with the belief that everyone is born free and equal in dignity and rights and that all Survivors need safety, legal protection, medical and emotional support.

The work of HBF continues to be as critical now as it was then. Today, the Foundation provides specialist care for refugees and asylum seekers who have experienced severe trauma from trafficking and torture. Through its policy and academic work, it also influences global best practices so that all Survivors may lead better lives with confidence and in safety.



Voluntary, expenses paid

As HBF moves into its next phase of development, we are looking for a new Chair of Trustees who has the vision, passion and expertise to provide collaborative leadership to the Board of Trustees. The Chair, together with the Trustees, will work to ensure effective governance and provide guidance and support to the Executive so that HBF's strategy and reputation continues to serve Survivors.

You will be part of a committed team. We are honoured to have as our President, Dame Emma Thompson DBE, who was a friend of Helen Bamber having met her when she was in her 20s and Helen was in her 60s. Our experienced Board of Trustees, alongside our Board Observers with lived experience of the asylum system, provide strategic guidance and governance oversight. An able and professional Executive, staff and volunteers deliver our vital work under the leadership of CEO Kerry Smith.

To learn more about this unique opportunity, and apply, please read the full appointment brief attached and hit apply button.

Equal Opportunities

The Helen Bamber Foundation and Asylum Aid is an equal opportunities and Living Wage employer. We are committed to attracting and recruiting diverse candidates as we are keen to make sure that our staff, trustees, volunteers and ambassadors reflect the communities we serve and the wider community we work in at every level within the organisation. We particularly welcome applications from Minority Ethnicities.

Download full job description here.

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